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Martin Janouš

A New Speed Yveltal Deck for Expanded

Martin Janouš takes a look at a different Yveltal variant for the Expanded format.

04/28/2016 by Martin Janouš

Hello, everyone. Today we will look at one good deck in the Expanded format, a Speed Yveltal deck. You know that in BREAKpoint there are many useful Trainer cards. These Trainers (like Fighting Fury Belt, Max Elixir and Reverse Valley) give Yveltal in Expanded huge power and this deck is speeder than ever before.

Why I Prefer Yveltal-EX to Darkrai-EX?

Maybe you saw that Speed Darkrai is rising in Expanded right now. It is a deck based on the new Darkrai-EX with a strong Dark Patch/Max Elixir engine and more Basic Energy. On the first sight it may look good, but the deck struggles with revenge-KOs in my opinion. I understand that maybe Darkness Energy in play are good for Darkrai, but I think if you lose too many Energy at one time, you’ll have a harder time getting back into the game than with the Yveltal deck. For example: You want to avoid losing many Energy as much as possible and so you load Energy on many different Pokémon. Because of this, you are safe against Lysandre. However, you are not safe against a random Parallel City. On the other hand, Double Colorless Energy in Yveltal gets your opponent under more pressure. Let's look at a list:

Yveltal-EX and Darkrai-EX 

You need free Retreat, so Darkrai-EX is necessary. Maybe you think that if Darkrai is just for free Retreat, one copy would be enough. However, Darkrai is great attacker in specific matchups where you cannot use Yveltal-EX (for example, the Mega Manectric-EX matchup). You can use Darkrai-EX also with combination with Fright Night Yveltal, where you do perfect 30 + 60 damage and you can Knock Out Jirachi-EX on the opponent's Bench. I think to have Darkrai-EX as a backup attacker is very good. Maybe I would recommend one copy of Darkrai-EX from BREAKpoint as bonus and surprise attacker. Darkrai from BREAKpoint looks better as a secondary attacker than as the main attacker.

Baby Yveltal

One Yveltal with Oblivion Wing is always nice and can help with loading Energy at the start of the game as well as in the end of the game. Two Fright Night Yveltal are the big weapon here. Thanks to many Dark Patches and Max Elixirs, you can set up this Yveltal out of nowhere. It can be crucial for your opponent. You shut down their Float Stones or Spirit Links for example. On top of that, Yveltal has a great attack. When you play against decks that have a lot of Pokémon-EX with 170 HP, Fright Night Yveltal is your way to win. Doing 60 damage to two Pokémon-EX (probably to two main attackers) gives you a huge advantage and revenge-knockouts are easier for you later.

Ghetsis

This is a very standard card in Expanded nowadays. Expanded is still a speed format based on hard Item engines with help from Shaymin-EX. Because of this, having only Items in an opening hand is relatively common. So you can win games easily just by searching Jirachi-EX on turn one for the Ghetsis and use it to send your opponent to "topdeck mode". Ghetsis is also useful in the late game, when you can break opponents’ combos in key situations.

Float Stone 

As I said before, Darkrai-EX gives you free Retreat. However, you can face some situations where Float Stone would help you more and I want to have this option. If you put Float Stone on your Keldeo-EX, you can easily move around your Pokémon and have a constant switch every time.

Fighting Fury Belt and Reverse Valley 

When you cut Muscle Bands from the list and decide to play Fighting Fury Belts instead, you get the bonus of +40 HP. However, the cost for this is doing just +10 damage over Muscle Band’s +20. Reverse Valley solves this problem and gives you this key 10 damage that you lost with Fighting Fury Belt. So in total, you need more cards for the combo, but result is amazing. You have the damage output of Muscle Band and still +40 HP that gives Yveltal a higher chance to survive more turns to take more Prizes. 

Matchups

Trevenant 

If you go first or your opponent misses the turn-one Trevenant, you are in a good position. You should get out as much Energy as possible and not many Pokémon. The goal is to set up Darkrai-EX with three Darkness Energy with some back-up Yveltal-EX. Then you can easily take Prizes. Don't forget about Bursting Balloon and try to use your Darkrai-EX’s Ability to help your Pokémon survive. Don't put down Jirachi-EX or Shaymin-EX until it is absolutely necessary. These two Pokémon are easy Prizes for Trevenant. Fright Night Yveltal is also your friend there. Even thought you cannot one-shot Trevenant BREAK, you can still deal decent damage and potentially Knock Out your opponent's Shaymin-EX and Jirachi-EX.

Seismitoad-EX variants 

It doesn't matter if the Seismitoad-EX is paired with Crobat, Giratina, or other Pokémon. Playing against Seismitoad-EX has a one simple strategy: get as many Energy into play as you can on turn one. With enough Energy you can quickly deal with your opponent's Seismitoad-EX and you can be relatively resilient against opponent's destructive cards like Crushing Hammer. If you are able to get Keldeo-EX with Float Stone to the Bench, you can be safe against Hypnotoxic Lasers too.

Mega Rayquaza-EX 

This matchup is a problem. You can do a lot of damage, but not enough to one-hit KO Mega Rayquaza-EX. On top of that, Mega Rayquaza can one-shot all of your Pokémon relatively easily, even with Fighting Fury Belt. There is not so much you can do against this deck. Maybe one tactic that can work is to play for Fright Night Yveltal. If you can use Lysandres properly, you can bypass Mega Rayquaza’s attacks and deal damage to your opponent's other Pokémon-EX. With an Active Yveltal, your opponent's Float Stones and Spirit Links don’t work, which can give you time.

Yveltal/Darkrai variants 

If you play against Speed Darkrai, you can get advantage at the start of the game, or lose the game later. The power of Speed Darkrai will increase in the late game when they will have a large amount of Energy in play, so your gameplan is simple: take as many Prizes as you can at the beginning of the game. With your Double Colorless Energy, you can do more damage and have the advantage. In the late game, you should just use Lysandre for Shaymin or Jirachi-EX and take the rest of the Prizes. However, if you don't catch your opponent fast, you will struggle late-game.

Against Yveltal/Archeops, you can effectively trade your opponent's Yveltal. They will have about three cards their deck that are completely dead. Also, they probably don’t play Max Elixirs, so you should have better acceleration with your Energy. Again, as against Seismitoad-EX, you have to be prepared for your opponent’s Hypnotoxic Lasers, so Keldeo should be one of the first Pokémon you search out.

Tournament Report 

Round 1: Garchomp/Altaria

My opponent was one of the Pokédads. He played just for fun, but still forced me into a hard situation in the first game because I dead drew. The +40 HP from Fighting Fury Belt was the key and just thanks to this card, I could swing the game into my favor. The game was easier and I won with fast pressure from Dark Patches and Max Elixirs.

1-0

Round 2: Darkrai/Hypno

BREAKpoint brought new combo to game. This deck combines the new Darkrai-EX with the Hypno. Hypno leaves both Active Pokémon Asleep. Thanks to Keldeo's Rush-In Ability you can easy heal Sleep from your Active Pokémon and go for easy knockouts. My opponent’s build was really focused on this combo, so he did not play Yveltal-EX. I could do easier math. The key factor to have two loaded Yveltal-EX ready and use Lysandre to grab opponent's Hypno as quickly as possible. Fright Night Yveltal was helpful as well. I used it to stop my opponent's Rush In/Float Stone combo to give me time to comfortably set up everything I needed for win.

2-0

Round 3: Virizion/Genesect

Really good meta call there. A third of the metagame was Seismitoad-EX, so I was not surprised that Virizion/Genesect was 2-0. At first I thought this would be an easy matchup, but my opponent played Max Elixir in his deck as well and this gave him huge advantage. He had no problem loading Genesect-EX with many Energy and he showed me one time about four or five Energy on turn one, which was so cruel for me. I luckily won first game, but than my opponent showed the power of his deck and totally destroyed me in the second game with G Booster. The third game was bad for me as well. There was very little time left to end this game, but my opponent was still able to draw Prizes very quickly. In the end of the game, I played N to put my opponent down to two cards. He needed Plasma Energy for game. He drew Ultra Ball, searched Jirachi-EX, and took Shadow Triad for the necessary Plasma Energy and I lost.

2-1

Round 4: Yveltal/Archeops

This was a very hard matchup. Even though my opponent did not play Max Elixirs, he still was able to get revenge-Kos because he played Hypnotoxic Lasers and Virbank City Gym. I lost the first game. In the second game, I had the advantage because my opponent dead drew for a couple turns. We had about five minutes left going into game three. We started the third game, but there was no time to end it.

2-1-1

I was not 100% if a tie would be enough for me. But it was and I went to Top 4 in 4th seed.

Top 4: Seismitoad/Garbodor

My opponent played an interesting list, more focused on Team Flare Grunts and Grenade Hammer. He did not play Crushing Hammers, so every Energy that I could get into play on the first turn was good. The only thing that I was afraid of was unlucky Sleep flips when my opponent used Hypnotoxic Lasers. Luck was on my side and I did not fall to this trap. One time my opponent used Grenade Hammer to Knock Out my fully powered Yveltal-EX and left me with no Energy in play. I started using all my items and was able to get a fresh Yveltal with four Energy in one turn and took the revenge-knockout. 

Finals: Virizion/Genesect

Same opponent as in Round 3. I thought a lot about how to play this matchup. I found that my opponent’s Energy count would be key and Fright Night Yveltal can be a good helper to get better revenge-knockouts. In the first game, I started counting my opponent's Energy. He discarded his Super Rod early, so my plan was to get rid of all his Energy. In one situation I had option to Knock Out Genesect-EX that had G Booster, but had just one Energy attached. I decided to use Lysandre to Knock Out Genesect-EX on the Bench with three Grass Energy instead. My opponent had really few Energy left and I won the first game. In the second game, the power of Fright Night Yveltal showed up. My opponent dead drew a little and so I had time to use two Pitch-Black Spears on his key Pokémon. Then I had no problem with knockouts.

I ended with win and I ended City Championship season with 190/200 Championship points, just like last year.

I hope you liked my article and wish you good luck with playing this deck.

-Martin "Onix" Janouš

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